POTD: Best Ranger Competition 2022

Eric B
by Eric B

There are too many photographs to keep records of, but there can never be too many good ones. Here we try to collect the best ones and share them, under our tag Photo Of The Day. Above you can see 1st Lt. Michael Singer from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as he executes the stress shoot event at the Annual Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, Ga. This happened on April 9th, 2022.

Below: 1st Lt. Matt McKenzie from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), advances to Day 2 of the Annual Best Ranger Competition. There were only 28 teams left out of 51 on Day 2 of the Best Ranger Competition.

1st Lt. Aaron Arturi (front) and 1st Lt. John Ryan from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), takes aim at stress shoot event at the Annual Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, Ga on April 9th, 2022. Ryan is aiming down range at the targets while Arturi is spotting him. The spotter helps the sniper stay on track so they can hit their target.

The stress shoot event is to test marksmanship in weapon proficiency while under stress and physically challenged. Soldiers are timed with limited ammunition and have to run with a manikin on a liter.

1st Lt. Aaron Arturi from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), takes aim at stress shoot event at the Annual Best Ranger Competition.

The stress shoot event is to test marksmanship in weapon proficiency with a pistol, assault rifle, sniper and shotgun, while under stress and physically challenged.


Photo by Spc. Kelvin Johnson Jr , 40th Public Affairs Detachment.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • H538 H538 on Apr 18, 2022

    I didn’t know the rangers have the Sig Virtus.
    I’m also surprised that it’s the grey one. I thought that they were selling grey ones to civilians and black ones to military and police?

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    • Vet Vet on Apr 19, 2022

      @Joshman SIG is an industry partner that supports the competition, so competitors can choose to compete with their firearms to try them out. Same as KAC, which is why you see the M110A2 there, which is not issued either. In some other SOCOM competitions you can bring your own privately procured weapons, I don't think the Best Ranger is one of them. Here is KAC post on this - https://www.instagram.com/p...

  • Sid Collins Sid Collins on Apr 19, 2022

    The shotgun is not standard either. I guess this competition has advanced to the point that funding allows units to purchase OTS equipment. One would expect that all teams competed with standard equipment. Sure, give them adequate ammunition to zero and confirm. But using varying optics seems like unfair advantage.

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    • Vet Vet on Apr 19, 2022

      @Sid Collins These are not unit or individually procured equipment. It's issued in the competition including weapons from industry partners that support the competition like KAC and SIG guns seen. That way competitors can try out new weapons plus PR and feedback for the industry partners.

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